Newhaven Book Beats – February 2021

reading is power manifesto

Find a book you love for February

Look out for our library ‘gift book giveaways’ in this edition of Book Beats.

Reading is Power

World Book Day is held annually in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the first Thursday in March. For 2021 the World Book Day team introduces the ‘Reading Is Power’ manifesto. Prepare for World Book Day now.

“From books to help you find your voice to stories that stay with you long after the final page, our POWER LIST is made up of empowering books for you to add to your TBR pile. These are the books that will change the way you think.”

To help you find a powerful book to love we have three gift books to give away. Choose one of the books from the power list to add to the library.

Email me with the title and author and explain why I should buy it. I will buy one copy for the library and a gift book for three students who convince me. Many of you explored the appeal of books, covers and blurb in English Library lessons last term so I know you’ve got this!

You could write about the cover design and why it interests you or why it might appeal to other teenage readers. Or do some research to find out more about the book. Keep it short, no more than 100 words.

Click on the Power Books link to see bigger images.

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Cast away with music and books

On BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’, guests imagine they are isolated on a desert island and choose music to take with them. They talk about their lives as they explain why they chose each track.

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On Friday 15th January it was David Olusoga, a “Geordie Nigerian”, writer, broadcaster and historian.

He talked about identity, racism, serious problems at school, a diagnosis of dyslexia, living opposite a library and his mother’s dedication to his education. This is an engrossing thirty-five minute interview with original music choices. I had to stop washing-up to concentrate and to dance around the kitchen to the music tracks.

Listen to the programme here (BBC Sounds requires a sign-up with an email and password).

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David Olusoga has recently written an introduction to Black British history for young adults based on his book Black and British: a Forgotten History.

Many questions are asked and answered in this introduction to 1800 years of the Black British history: from the Roman Africans who guarded Hadrian’s Wall right up to the present day.

I am buying three copies: one each for Gardens and Kings Park libraries and one to gift. Email me with the title of his BAFTA award-winning TV show and say why you would like to read ‘Black and British: a short essential history. You can keep it short too, fewer than 100 words if you can manage that.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January each year remembers six million Jews and millions of other people murdered under Nazi Persecution and all those killed in genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

I think these two creative items from the HMD website will interest many of you.

1) Photography exhibition

These photographs were entered into a competition themed ‘Light up the darkness’. It was open to young people from across the UK. The works make a moving and thoughtful tribute to peoples murdered all over the world and express hope for the future.

There are many more photographs on the exhibition webpage.

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Send me an email with the name of your favourite photograph from the exhibition and what you liked about it.

I’m buying two copies of ‘After the War’ by Tom Palmer, one for the library, one for the student who sends me a thoughtful response to add to next month’s Book Beats blog.

2) Creative writing

The author Tom Palmer gives story writing tips and talks about his new book, ‘After The War’ in a series of five videos on this page of the National Literacy Trust website.

The author talks about how he developed the book after he was moved by hearing testimony from refugees who came to the Lake District to escape the Holocaust in 1940’s.

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In English Library lessons at Kings Park, we are reading “Armistice Runner”, also by Tom Palmer. This intriguing story links Lily and her great, great grandfather as she trains for a fell run, finding motivation in a family secret.

Tom Palmer talks about “Armistice Runner” here:

Working online and in the classroom, we read and discuss each chapter in detail. We are exploring characters, timelines and vocabulary. We complete the lesson with a creative writing task.

A publishing company called Barrington Stoke publishes these Tom Palmer books. The publishers specialise in super-readable books and quick reads. The way the font is formatted and laid out is especially helpful if you have a diagnosis of dyslexia.

The Barrington Stoke website includes the first chapter of many of their books on their website so you can try before you buy.

You can read Chapter one of the two Tom Palmer books by scrolling down to the bottom of these webpages.

Remember our February ‘gift book giveaways’.

  1. A choice from the World Book Day Power List
  2. A copy of “Black and British” by David Olusogu
  3. A copy of “After the War” by Tom Palmer

Maximum one gift per student
Closing date 28th February 2021, midnight
Available for students from all sites, learning at home or at school

I look forward to hearing from you:

Carole Oldfield